How to Enjoy a Visit to the Franklin, TN Civil War Battlefield

Franklin, TN (founded 1799) is tucked away in beautiful middle Tennessee, in Williamson County. Franklin was a strongly leaning Confederate populace in 1861 but also had some Union pockets and supporters too. Franklin saw significant action during the Civil War (1861-1865), and is famously known for the horrific Battle of Franklin which took place November 30, 1864. This is your guide to enjoying a visit to Civil War Franklin.


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    Do your preparatory homework first.
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    Put together a game-plan.
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    Check out some great food and fun while in Franklin:
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    Come back again.
    • Most people who visit Franklin begin to immediately make plans to return. Its simple southern charm will woo you to come back often.
    • Make sure to visit nearby Leiper's Fork when you come back.


  • Walking tour of the Battle of Franklin led by Thomas Cartwright (contact the Lotz House)
  • Make sure you read this WikiHow article: How to Prepare to Visit a Civil War Battlefield or Site.
  • Do a walking tour with Franklin On Foot
  • Franklin does not have a formal or official battlefield that is operated by the State or National Park Service. The intrigue and appeal of visiting Franklin will be limited only to your imagination.
  • Consider buying a Value Ticket (to save $10 per adult) so you can visit the three main site-attractions, i.e., Carnton, Carter House, and the Lotz House.
  • If you're in town the 2nd Sunday of the month, come to the Franklin Civil War Round Table. Meets at the library at 3pm, 2nd Sunday of the month.
  • If you come in June, the first Sunday in June is always set aside for a memorial service at McGavock Confederate Cemetery near Carnton.
  • Battle of Franklin Descendant's Reunion: Sept 30 - Oct 2nd
  • Come visit Franklin between late October and November. This is the season for events and activities that coincide with official battle-anniversary events.
  • Grave Matters: Stories Behind the Stones
  • Stay at least one night in Franklin and take your time to enjoy Franklin. There is a lot to see and do.
  • Franklin Civil War Days are usually in mid October (see 2010 activity).
  • 147th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin Reenactment: Oct 14-16, 2011
  • Blue & Gray Days and Illumination: Nov 18-20
  • November 30th: Commemoration of the Battle of Franklin
  • Each December is Dickens of a Christmas and Tour of Historic Franklin Homes.
  • The Carter House Candlelight Tour of Homes
  • Take a Gray Line's Civil War: Battle of Franklin Tour
  • Enjoy a ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway


  • If you come to Franklin between December and February you might expect a few inches of beautiful pristine snow to blanket our town. It makes for Norman Rockwell moments for the camera though. Just come prepared with warm clothing.
  • Be respectful of private property around Franklin. Many sites, including personal homes, associated with the battle are on private property.

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